Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Are the Royal Life Saving Offices across Australia Registered Training Organisations (RTOs)?
Answer: Yes. There are currently 6 Royal Life Saving Registered Training Organisations across Australia. These are:
- Royal Life Saving Society Australia – NSW (RTO Code 90666)
- Royal Life Saving Tasmania and Royal Life Saving ACT deliver training in a partnership agreement with Royal Life Saving NSW. Royal Life Saving NSW is the principal RTO and students undertaking training with Royal Life Saving Tasmania or Royal Life Saving ACT will be issued a Statement of Attainment by Royal Life Saving - NSW.
- Royal Life Saving Society Australia – NT (RTO Code 0859)
- Royal Life Saving Society QLD (RTO Code 5431)
- Royal Life Saving Society Australia – South Australian Branch (RTO Code 0996)
- Royal Life Saving Society Western Australia (RTO Code 0854)
- Life Saving Victoria (RTO Code 21799)
Q: What does ‘nationally recognised’ training mean?
Answer: This means that the outcomes of the training are aligned to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) and form part of Australia’s national training system. The Testamur or Statement of Attainment that you receive if you successfully complete the course will list a Qualification or Unit(s) of Competency or Skill Set that must be recognised by industry and other Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) across Australia. Only RTOs are permitted to deliver nationally recognised training.
Q: What is a Unit of Competency?
Answer: Units of competency are an endorsed component of a training package that identify and outline the skills and knowledge required for effective performance in a particular job or job function. They express these requirements as outcomes that must be met by a candidate in order to be deemed competent and therefore able to meet performance requirements in the workplace.
Q: Can I use my Bronze Medallion from another organisation as a prerequisite for the RLS Pool Lifeguard Training Program?
Answer: If you received a Statement of Attainment as part of your Bronze Medallion that contains the unit ‘SISCAQU002 Perform basic water rescues’ you can receive a credit transfer for this unit. If you have a Statement of Attainment that contains other units, you can apply to gain skills recognition. Contact your nearest Royal Life Saving Office for information on how to do this.
Q: How long does my CPR qualification last?
Answer: Industry has determined that a CPR qualification should be refreshed annually.
Q: How long does my First Aid qualification last?
Answer: Industry has determined that the standard first aid qualification, HLTAID003 Provide first aid, should be renewed every three years.
Q: I am a qualified lifeguard from overseas. Are my qualifications valid in Australia and where can I work?
Answer: Royal Life Saving is a member of the International Lifesaving Federation (ILS) and only recognises ILS certificates. If you have an ILS Pool Lifeguard certificate you are able to gain some skills recognition but will still need to undertake training and assessment in order to gain the SISSS00111 Pool Lifeguard Skill Set. Once you know where you will be located, contact your nearest Royal Life Saving Office for more information on training courses. Click here to view the ILS Equivalency table.
Q: I’ve lost my certificate can I get a new one?
Answer: Yes, contact your nearest Royal Life Saving Office and for a small fee you will be able to receive a copy.
Q: How do I make a group booking?
Q: My pool lifeguard qualification ran out last week. Do I have to do the full course again?
Answer: It is very important to be aware of when your pool lifeguard qualification expires. All RLS qualifications are only valid for the period specified at the time of training. For example, industry has determined that a pool lifeguard certificate must be updated every 12 months by undertaking a reaccreditation course. Once the date of expiry has passed you will be unable to work and unable to take a reaccreditation course and will be required to enrol in a full course.